Governance

Pro-poor public investments and policies

The emergence of pro-poor policies is a complex, and sometimes opaque, process and often context-specific. The Program’s research aims to shed light on this process by examining how different political regimes, interest groups, and incentive structures collectively create the conditions under which pro-poor policies are most likely to emerge. Attention is further given to analyzing the factors affecting investments by the public and private sector (including international organizations, donors, and farmers), and the consequences of specific investments for poverty reduction. In doing so, this work helps IFPRI engage with a range of implementation partners active in development policy processes while providing insights on how to bring research-based evidence to bear on policy and investment decisions.